25 years ago...

As most of my friends know, I grew up in West Germany. I was ten years old, living in the small city of Hildesheim, when we awoke one August day in 1961 to a new world order. 

The communist state of East Germany (euphemistically called the German Democratic Republic-DDR) had started to build a concrete wall through the heart of Berlin. Berlin was now a divided city and totally cut off from West Germany. Even Berlin's symbol, the iconic Brandenburger Tor, was now inaccessible behind the wall in East Germany. The Cold War had begun and The Wall became it's symbol.

Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc were now divided and separated. 

Then on the 9th of November 1989, 25 years ago, the world order changed again. Radical political changes had occurred in the Eastern Bloc, culminating with the opening of the wall on that day. Germany was reunified in 1990 and by 1992 the wall had been demolished and was gone, save for some sections kept in museums and as monuments. 

The world changed indeed on that day 25 years ago. Let's pause and give that moment in history some thought.

The wall around Berlin

The Brandenburger Tor in East Germany, cut off from West Berlin by the wall.

The Brandenburger Tor today.